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July 1943

Nicholas Copernicus, 1543-1943.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1943;30(1):166. doi:10.1001/archopht.1943.00880190184020

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This sumptuous brochure is not only a commemorative biography of the Sarmatic astronomer who was greeted by Melanchthon as the man who made the world move and bade the sun stand still and thus revolutionized the concept of the solar system. Nor is it just the life story of one who was distinguished as a statesman, soldier and physician. Beautifully illustrated and authoritatively documented, literally as well as figuratively, with a wealth of drawings, reproductions of old maps, manuscripts, historical monuments, paintings, music and costumes, it gives a remarkable picture of an era when there was an almost unprecedented exchange in science, letters and art and in sociopolitical and philosophic thinking throughout Europe, a period in which the homeland of Copernicus played a by no means unimportant role. The cover design in color, by the well known artist Arthur Szyk, is a symbolic portrait of the astronomer with a host

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